Rare Books

Wednesday 18 August 2021

Rare Books

12:00PM 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland

Art + Object is pleased to offer at its next rare book auction. Featured and of major importance in this sale are a number of paintings by Charles Blomfield, relating to the thermal area of New Zealand including the Pink and White Terraces. There is a rare pre-treaty land conveyance document with the moko signatures of Maori chiefs. Maps and charts including Cook’s Chart of New Zealand engraved by J. Bayley 1772. Walter Lawry Buller’s ‘A history of the birds of New Zealand’ London 1873, first edition.

Our South Island category includes a rare copy of the first edition of ‘The Wakatipians’ by Alfred, H. Duncan London 1888. A large selection of New Zealand literature books and original manuscripts from Hone Tuwhare and James K. Baxter as well as signed works by Janet Frame.

We are also privileged to be offering the library of book artist Elizabeth Steiner, founder of the Steiner Press 1992-2008. This includes an impressive selection of International artist’s books and Private Press. A highlight of the sale is a beautiful and fine copy of Katherines Mansfield’s ‘The Aloe’ London 1930 from the library of John Middleton Murry, a rare copy of the first edition of ‘Bliss’. Several first editions by Eric Gill including ‘Canticum Canticorum Salomonis’, Weimar: Cranach Presse 1931, and ‘Engravings 1928-33’, London 1934. Also featured is Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince’ London 1888, and manuscript cookery books from the 18th century.

Other major components of the sale are collections of maritime, Antarctic & children’s Books. A number of mountaineering books, First Day Covers and posters, with many signed by Edmund Hillary and other international mountaineers.

This sale features over 450 lots covering a diverse and eclectic group of books, maps, photographs, and documents which we advise you to view.

Further Information


Sunday 15th August 11:00 - 16:00
Monday 16th August 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 17th August 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 18th August 09:00 - 11:00


    Pam Plumbly
    Rare Book Consultant